Ryan’s practice focuses on product liability with an emphasis in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. He has represented clients embroiled in multimillion-dollar business disputes and participated in the successful defense of a nationwide class action. Just before joining Shook, Ryan confronted a broad array of legal matters as a law clerk for the Hon. Thomas M. Reavley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before that, he worked as an associate for a law firm in Irvine, California, where he authored appellate briefs filed in multiple jurisdictions, argued a successful federal court motion to dismiss, prepared state court dispositive motions and participated in extensive federal court judgment-enforcement litigation.

Ryan is licensed to practice in both Texas and California. Before becoming a member of the bar, he filed an appellate brief and delivered oral argument before the Ninth Circuit as a certified law student. While in law school, Ryan spent a summer in St. Louis, Missouri serving as a judicial extern to the Hon. Raymond Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. With two bachelor’s degrees in communications and a background in journalism, he brings a significant amount of writing experience to his legal work.

Publications

Against the Rule of Judges, 68 Baylor L. Rev. 661, 2016 (with The Honorable Thomas M. Reavley).

Dicta and the Rule of Law, 2013 Pepp. L. Rev. 1, 2013.

An Illusion of Sacrifice: The Incompatibility of Binding Stipulations in CAFA Cases, 40 Pepp. L. Rev. 111, 2012. (Ronald M. Sorenson Memorial Writing Award –  best student article)

Alive and Well in the 9th Circuit: Anti-SLAPP, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Dec. 12, 2013 (with James S. Azadian).